Cabin lights not only illuminate the inside of your cabin, it also alerts you of an open door (when set to auto, the lights dim only when all doors are closed). To replace a busted bulb, simply pull the cabin light assembly by applying slight pressure on the appropriate tabs. No tools are needed to remove the cabin light assembly, but it can be very difficult to remove if done incorrectly. The front and rear cabin lights can be removed following the same procedure.
There may be several valid reasons why you would need to remove the stock antenna of an EcoSport: (1) the antenna has been damaged and needs replacement, (2) you plan on replacing it with a fancy non-stock antenna, (3) you have no need for it and plans on installing a shark’s fin instead (antennas can damage car covers, and car covers can damage antennas).
Because of the unique surface characteristics of EcoSport’s plastic bumpers, the only way to completely remove scratches is by repainting it (any attempt to use a polishing agent will lead to more damage). Fortunately, light scratches on the bumper can be hidden effectively (concealed only) following an old trick: using a candle wax.
Do you feel the need to retrieve the coins that have fallen through the gaps near the handbrake? First let me assure you that those coins will not cause any harm other than making occasional sounds when the car is driven through a pot hole. For other items like food (and other important things), retrieval may be necessary, and the only way to do that is to remove the handbrake panel.
Removing the handbrake panel is also necessary when adjusting the handbrake (removing slack) and inspecting the airbag module (for flooded vehicles).
EcoSport’s service manual recommends engine air filter replacement every 40,000 km. Knowing how to replace the filter will not only save you on maintenance expenses, but also enables you to inspect (or clean) filters regularly.
To replace the engine air filter:
1. Remove the engine air filter’s compartment cover secured in place by four screws.
2. Lift the cover to access the filter.
3. Remove the old filter and replace it with the new one.
4. Replace the compartment’s cover and secure it in place.
Every EcoSport owner must know how to replace the headlight bulbs. Not only that it is unsafe to drive with defective headlights, the law also requires turning the headlights on not later than one-half hour after sunset and until at least one-half hour before sunrise, and whenever weather conditions require—something you cannot comply with if your headlights are defective.
To replace a defective headlight bulb, follow the steps below:
1. Open the hood.
2. Remove the headlight cover.
3. Remove the bulb socket.
4. Remove the bulb (by removing the bulb’s clip).
5. Replace the bulb (H4).
6. Secure the bulb’s clip.
7. Replace the bulb’s socket.
8. Replace the headlight cover.
9. Close the hood.
Fog lights are very useful in illuminating the road during weather conditions that may hamper visibility, such as heavy rains and fog. It is important to replace busted fog lights as soon as you notice them.
The dashboard panel behind the steering wheel where key information is displayed (such as RPM, speed, fuel level, and other information) is called the instrument cluster. In this video, I’ve demonstrated how to remove the instrument cluster panel, starting with the hidden top screw, and then the two hidden bottom screws.
This information may be useful in replacing or repairing a faulty instrument cluster panel, or in removing the panel if you plan on painting it to match your choice of interior theme or color.
In a recent trip to Bicol, I had difficulty switching between high and low beams because of a faulty signal stick (note: the correct term is stalk). In this video, I have demonstrated how to remove the left and right stalk assembly near the steering wheel, to access and clean the switches’ contacts. I have also shown how I tapped onto one of the contacts to convert the trip switch (the switch used to toggle the display) into a high beam flasher switch.
A simple cleaning of contacts fixed the signal stalk’s problem. Signal stalks under heavy use usually suffer from this problem.